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When I first tried to visualise the infinity of the universe my imagination insisted on a limit. My mind insisted on conjuring up an image of the universe contained in a vast cylinder of newspaper! Outside the newspaper was plain white light but I got dizzy when I tried to imagine where that went to.
When I was about 8yrs old, my family and I were walking home one night when my mom noticed a shooting star.I was terrified to look up at the sky fearing that one would
fall on me!I was about 16 when I saw my first shooting star and now I search for them constantly.
As a very little kid I remember being taken to the planetarium to watch some film about the solar system. The narrarator gave the specific distance between Earth and various other planets. I was outraged because they were obviously making this all up. The only way to record distance was by looking at the mileage numbers on a car's dashboard as you drove. I was smart enough to know you couldn't drive to Mars!
When I was about 4 and I saw the clouds moving sideways, I thought that Earth was moving closer to the Sun
When I was a kid, I somehow got it in my head that humans inhabited both Earth and Jupiter. The image in my mind was that the people of Jupiter were just like us, except that their world leaders sat at a long formal table and talked to Earth via televisions. I was very dissapointed when I learned the truth, and realized I would never be able to visit Jupiter.
I believed that if you shone a flashlight at the sun for eight minutes, that the sun would blow up and all life on earth would be extinguished.
When I was 3 or 4, my dad told me that it was cold on Mars. Being an impressionable child, I assumed that Mars was the outermost planet in the solar system. Fortunately, an early obsession with outer space fixed that when I was 6 or 7.
I used to believe we lived on the INSIDE of the earth instead of on top of it because I would hear them say "The astronauts broke through the crust of the earth" and I was amazed they could get through all that dirt.
I used to think that there were many moons. Full moon, half moon, sliver moon, etc. At some point I heard about new moon, and asked my dad what that was. Of course, he explained that it was all the same moon, only parts of it were in shadow.
My grandmother would take me on walks on warm, summer evenings. I would
hear these noises (which I found out later were crickets) and asked my
grandmother what they were. She told me "That's the sound the stars
make when they twinkle." To this day I think of her every time I hear
the summer crickets.
My daughter was 3 when the astronoughts landed on the moon. She believed that they got there by climbing a ladder
I used to believe the banded sunset sky was the atmosphere of Jupiter! When I was 6 I studied the planets and I knew that Jupiter had pretty colored bands of clouds and that it was REALLY BIG. So when we occasionally got beautiful banded sunsets, I thought I was seeing the atmosphere of Jupiter.
When I was in fourth grade, I figured out the question that has puzzled scientists and theologists for centuries: I realized that the universe was a large shoebox under the Mr. Rogers' bed. I would have called a press conference to explain my revelation, but after I had a bit of trouble trying to figure out how I had arrived at that conclusion.
My dad was (and still is) an amateur astronomer. He told me about how we were all made of the same matter as stars. Me being about five at the time, I ran around looking to see if I could find "stardust" in things. I swear I saw some in a brick one time...
When I was a child I used to believe that stars were holes in the sky & we could see heaven shining through
I used to believe that the reason there were nights I couldn't see the stars was because god hadn't paid his electricity bill.
When I was younger my father and I used to watch a lot of westerns on TV. There were always "shootouts" between the Cowboys and the Indians...I used to believe that the stars in the skies were make from the arrows and the bullets that didn't hit their mark. I thought they didn't have stars before this because in the night scenes it was always black in the sky. From the minds of children come amazing thoughts sometimes...lol...
I thought the sky was a mirror and that when I looked up at the moon it was really earth and I used to wave to myself.
I thought that the Great Bear constellation was only visible from our town, and that was the reason why the symbol of our town was a saucepan. Actually, it was to do with the local tin plate industry, ... not quite as romantic !
i used to believe that the moon was the sun at night, and still have some trouble coming to terms with the fact that it isnt.